Release Dates: ‘Beastly,’ ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire,’ ‘Animal Kingdom’ and More

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Several new release dates have been announced as well as a little bit of shuffling. First off, remember when I told you CBS Films had decided to move Beastly so the Vanessa Hudgens film wouldn’t be going head-to-head with Zac Efron’s Charlie St. Cloud? Well, they decided to move a one-time summer release all the way to March 18, 2011. Somehow I have a hard time believing an eight month delay can be entirely attributed to Efron and Hudgens’s relationship, especially when it lands in the armpit of the yearly film schedule, but whatever.

Another release date move involves the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day, which moved two days earlier to June 23 to get a full week on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, before Eclipse rakes in millions upon millions of dollars. Not a bad idea. This leaves Grown Ups on its own on June 25, though I did recently learn the 2009 Cannes Film Festival standout Dogtooth will have a limited release on the 25th. If you’ve yet to check out the not safe for work new trailer for Dogtooth you can do so here.

Joel Schumacher’s Twelve got a four week bump by Hanover House to July 30 from its previous July 2 release and Sony Classics has decided on August 6 for their tank based war drama Lebanon, which looks pretty good. Check out the trailer for that one right here.

Another film I’m excited to see is David Michod’s Animal Kingdom, which was a favorite at this year’s Sundance and has now secured an August 13 release date. You can watch the trailer here. Also, as mentioned yesterday, the newly titled Conviction starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell will have a platform release beginning on Friday, October 15.

Warner Bros. has announced a limited August 6 release date for Flipped, a romantic comedy from Rob Reiner (The Bucket List), which will expand on August 27 and New Line is set to release Final Destination 5 on August 26, 2011 with Avatar and Titanic second unit director Steven Quale taking the helm.

Music Box Films will release The Girl Who Played with Fire on July 2 in seven theaters in New York and Chicago. The release will expand throughout the month with cities already listed for July 9 and July 16 right here. Last night I added 27 images from the film right here as well as seven images from the third installment in the “Millennium” trilogy following The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest in the RopeofSilicon gallery here. The third film, however, is yet to settle on a release date, but I would expect to see it some time in November or December.

Meanwhile, you will be able to buy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on DVD and Blu-ray on July 16.

Finally, Walt Disney Pictures has decided on a December 25, 2011 release date for the tentatively titled The Muppets, which was written by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek).

Thanks to Box Office Mojo for information on several of these dates.